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Randall

Only one quibble with this: Adultery DOES end the careers of some politicians. Gary Hart and John Edwards come to mind.

FDChief

Theocracy is a terrific vehicle for autocrats, and the current GOP is nothing, really (beyond stooging for plutocrats) than an autocratic Tory party. Republicans - both these looney Bible-bangers as well as the bog-standard collection of ammosexuals, white racists, and xenophobic Know-Nothings that make up the "base" - are all-in on autocracy because it gives them hope that they can't be voted out of power. If they can just engineer at 21st Century 3/5ths Compromise that makes everyone not a straight, white, nativist male or male-wannabe less than a full cititzen then they can continue to be the default setting for "American".

And there's no real reason to presume that will ever change. There's no reason for them to want to change, because, as you not, to change is to die.

This horrifies the good people in the punditry, because it suggests that there is no "middle", no "sensible center", no common ground; that there are citizens on one side...and howling, lunatic autocratic stooges on the other that won't move a micron to accommodate anyone not of their tribe. They cannot be reasoned with or debated. They can only be destroyed.

And that, in turn, suggests something horribly dire for our nation.

So everyone in the chattering class has to tiptoe around pretending that this isn't an actual thing.

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